We have just received word that John has passed away
of a heart attack in Palm Springs.
Sharp and John at TOM House, 2010
A GENUINE PIONEER
A BONA FIDE FRIEND
The last of the photographers from the 1950s golden era
of physique photography, now gone.
Classic Palatinus photography
John was a member of the Foundation
and his work can be see at TOM House.
Mid-Century Male Physique Photography
Photography of John Palatinus
John Palatinus is of the pioneering physique photographers of the 1950s. Along with Lon of New York, Bruce of Los Angeles, and Bob Mizer of Athletic Model Guild, he helped create a whole new genre of male photography. He was a major influence on Robert Mapplethorpe and may be one of the last living photographers from the 1950’s golden era of physique photography.